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Advisory Concerning VeriSign Announcement of Changes to .com and .net Nameserver Behavior

6 January 2003

On Friday, 3 January 2003, VeriSign Global Registry Services announced a set of steps relating to the implementation of internationalized domain name capabilities, including changes in the behavior of the authoritative name servers for the .com and .net zones. Some commentators have expressed concern that these changes may be contrary to standards applicable to the domain-name system. In response to these expressions of concern, ICANN has requested the advice of the Internet Architecture Board, which is responsible for providing oversight of the architecture for the protocols and procedures used by the Internet, on the changes announced by VeriSign Global Registry Services.